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By ATWadmin On September 21st, 2008 at 7:57 am

Politics is rampant with cronyism. This is evident in the sickening news that Gordon Brown’s principal adviser is to be offered a peerage and
become a Government Minister
after only eight months in his role at 10
Downing Street.

Stephen Carter, the Prime Minister’s
£140,000-a-year chief of strategy, told Mr Brown at a private meeting
that he planned to quit No10 at the end of the year. His threat
followed a series of rows with Mr Brown’s inner circle and resignations
by several senior aides. But Mr Brown is understood to have asked
44-year-old Mr Carter to remain in government. Senior sources
have confirmed to the Mail on Sunday that Mr Carter will be offered a
move to the House of Lords plus a junior Ministerial role.

So, in order to try and save Gordon, Carter is being rewarded with the baubles that come with power – and so the House of Lords is stuffed with one more on-message socialist.

Can We Talk?

By ATWadmin On September 21st, 2008 at 2:33 am

 Other than Hope! and Change!….. can anyone tell me why they support Obama for President?

UPDATE: I already know why many of you don’t support the McCain/Palin ticket.  But, i asked why anyone would support Obama for POTUS.  Can anybody — ANYBODY? list a couple of reasons why you think Obama should be President?  Specific reasons, please…not HOPE not CHANGE?

Real Issues & The Conservative Movement

By ATWadmin On September 20th, 2008 at 7:53 pm

Naomie Emery writes at theweeklystandard.com

Three weeks ago:

“…. the wisdom was that the conservative movement was over and done with. It had burned itself out, taking the Republican party down with it, and setting the stage for the biggest explosion of liberal governance since perhaps the New Deal. ….

Around the deathbed, fierce battles broke out, about what was to be done and who was to do it, whether the movement should trend left, right, or center, whether the movement needed to take on new ideas or strip down instead to some idealized prior condition, circa 1994, circa 1980, or even 1964. Battles broke out over issues domestic and foreign; solutions were bruited that urged purging, if not amputation, of competing and varying wings. It was the fault of the right, or the fault of the center; the fault of the theocons, the fault of the neocons, or the fault of the libertarians, who didn’t feel people’s pain. The Reagan coalition was there in its elements, but divided, like Gaul, into three different parts: There was a preacher, Mike Huckabee; a hawk, John McCain; and an entrepreneur, Mitt Romney. Each annoyed part of the base, and no one thrilled that many.”  (my emphasis)


“McCain’s surprise pick of Sarah Palin easily surpassed Bill Clinton’s 1992 pick of Al Gore as one of the few transformational choices in modern political history, one of the few that recast and updated the image of the party, changed for the better the way that the head of the ticket was seen by the public, and made the whole ticket more than the sum of its parts. It rebranded the party and fused it together, focused a light on the new generation, and was McCain’s make-up nod to the base of his party. He didn’t apologize to the base for his previous heresies, didn’t promise he might not dismay them with some new ones, but he signaled that he did not see them as enemies, that they were, in spite of their differences, on the same team.

Palin united the right and center, the base and the mavericks, proving the key is not conformity, but a set of large common interests around which different parts, keeping their differences, still can cohere.”  (my emphasis)

HT: powerline.com


By ATWadmin On September 20th, 2008 at 6:21 pm

Should firefighters be allowed to have beards?

Washington DC Fire Department says no. It claims they represent a health and safety hazard!

Jews, Muslims and Christian firefighters say yes. Beards should be permitted. For once we have religious unity.

I’m with them. Are you?

BACK TO THE ’60’s…..

By ATWadmin On September 20th, 2008 at 6:15 pm

One may not like him but it is foolish to ignore him.

News Corp. chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch said he doesn’t regret
the New York Post endorsing John McCain, even as some say the
Republican ticket is the weaker choice for voters concerned about the
economy. “I am very worried,” Murdoch said during an interview Friday with
Fox Business Network. “I like Sen. Obama very much. I have met him. He
is a very intelligent man. But his policy of anti-globalization,
protectionism, is going to be — and card checks — are going to do two
or three things.  It’s going to give us a lot of inflation.  They’re
going to ruin our relationships with the rest of the world. And they
are going to slow down the rest of the world, too. And they’re going to
make people frightened to add to employment. You are going to find
companies leaving this country if it’s — if you put a protectionist
wall around it.  You’re going to get — his policy is really very, very
naive, old-fashioned, 1960s.”

Of course Murdoch is quite right. Obama intends to socialise the US economy – that’s part of the gospel of change he promises and it is that prospect that excites those on the left who long to see the US turned into a much more European-style economy, where the State controls, protects and dictates. 


By ATWadmin On September 20th, 2008 at 6:07 pm

I used to be a big fan of Woody Allen back in the days when he was funny. Up to about the time Annie Hall came out in fact. But then he started to take himself way too seriously and the gags weren’t that good anymore. Have to admit that I haven’t watched a movie from him in years, and even though he has made much use of the New York skyline (a good thing) his work leaves me cold.  I see he has commented on the US election race by saying that “t would be a disgrace and a humiliation if Barack Obama does not
win,” he told Spanish journalists at the ongoing 56th San Sebastian
film festival, where his latest film “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” is
being screened. “It would be a very, very terrible thing for the United States in many, many ways,” he said. Allen says it will be no laughing matter if Barack Obama fails to win the race for the White House.  Well, in that case it will have much in common with Woody’s career these days, won’t it?


By ATWadmin On September 20th, 2008 at 6:01 pm

I see it is being speculated that Bono, that ardent humanitarian and friend of the poor everywhere, has bought himself a €20m yacht.

Bono, his wife Ali Hewson, and their children were on holiday on the yacht
last year, and were photographed disembarking when it docked in Naples in
August 2007. The 140-foot vessel has six cabins and room for 12 guests to sleep
comfortably. Among its features are a large deck space, a Jacuzzi dip pool,
a large swimming platform and a garage for holding “watersport toys”. The interior is constructed with mahogany and limed oak, with each of the
rooms fitted with plasma screen tvs, satellite TV, and dvd players. According to the reports in the Italian media, Bono has repainted the yacht in
blue and has an expensive new stereo system fitted. The sale price, however,
is not known, with some speculation that it might top €20m.

Maybe he’ll sail it around the African coast, dispensing largesse at every port? Listen, I have no problem with Bono using his money in whatever way he wants. But he can shove the patronising lectures as to how we should spend OUR money.


By ATWadmin On September 20th, 2008 at 5:55 pm

Interesting to read that South Africa’s president Thabo Mbeki has agreed to step down after his own party
urged him to go,
opening the way to the presidency for his bitter rival
Jacob Zuma. Mbeki  has been very disappointing  during his years in power and South Africa will be the better without him. Of course Jacob Zuma promises little better and so we see the so-called Rainbow Nation with a large dark cloud sitting over it.
  Perhaps the greatest problem is the fact that South Africa is effectively a One Party State and the ANC itself is profoundly corrupt.


By ATWadmin On September 20th, 2008 at 4:02 pm

Alison – The Bronx is up and the Battery is down.

Our cabs are driven by lunatics who have a) recently escaped a Chinese Psychiatric facility, b) been kicked out of the Taliban for unnatural relations with a herd of goats or c) graduated from a Pakistan University having majored in Cell Phone Screaming.  Indeed, there is nothing like flying through the air in the back of a yellow cab while the driver screams obscenties in a strange tongue like a mad auctioneer at some other compatriot over a handsfree cell phone.  On imagines he is demanding blood vengeance or perhaps just asking if he needs to pick up groceries.   Perhaps both.  In any event the fare from the airport is about $45.00.   Tipping (cabs, bars, restuarants is 15-20%). 

Manhattan is one of the world’s great wonders.  Whatever you want to find, it is here.  It is a City that is possible to love and hate at the same time.    Comprised of many neighborhoods it is best explored on foot, with smart use of the subways.  The subways are not as clean as the Tube, but they run all the time, are quite safe and can put you down almost anywhere in the City. 

There are some tourist places that you should check out even if it seems everone on Earth and their brother are checking out – The Empire State Building, Times Square at Night and Central Park.  The view from the Empire State Building is priceless even if the lines can be long (go early or at an odd hour).  Times Square is full of more crazies than an ATW convention, and you can get your picture taken with the Naked Cowboy.  Central Park is vast, friendly (daytime), and has a great little Zoo with penguins.

Little Italy is a must experience.  Take a cab to Canal and Mulberry Street and walk on up Mulberry.  I always take folks to LaMela for its pushy waiters who are right out of the Sopranos (“You Again?!” is how they welcome long time customers).  Take the family style dinner – tomatoes and mozzarella, hot antipasta, mixed pasta, meat dish and desert for one price.  It is hard to get up from the table. 

Greenwich Village is full of galleries, restaurants, pubs, musicvenues and our more flamboyant citizens.  Bleecker Street is the main drag (drag queens on Christopher Street).   This is where Bob Dylan and others got their start.  Watering holes The Red Lion, Peculiar Pub, Bitter End and the Back Fence are filled at night with youth trying to recapture the scene.  

Other Fun spots around town include Pete’s Tavern (129E. 18th Street) where O.Henry wrote The Gift of the Magi, Old Town Bar (45 E. 18th Street), Rodeo Bar (375 3rd Avenue) where you can hear country, rockabilliy and bluegrass,  Brother Jimmy’s (181 Lexington at 31st Street) for the young meat market, Down the Hatch (179 W. 4th Street) where bikers and college kids mingle, Rolf’s (281 3rd Avenue) which is a small German eating joint and quite festive in October.   I always take folks to McSorley’s Old Ale House (15 E. 7th Street) where they have two kinds of beer dark and light – they brew it themselves.  But get there in the early afterrnoon cause there are lines at night.

Steak? – Phantom would say Luger’s but it is in Brooklyn.  I suggest Keens (72 W 36th Street) for geat old New York charm, best scotch collection in the City and old turn of the 20th century atmosphere.  Clay pipes of the old patrons line the ceiling and you can toast Lillie Langtry the famous actress and paramour of King Edward who sued to get access to the then gentleman only place. 

Katz Deli at 205 Houston Street (pronounced HOW -sten) is old style Jewish Deli where the portions would shame Nero. 

SOHO, the area below Houston has shops, restaurants, coffee houses and pubs/clubs galore.  TRIBECA is dead at night but alive at midnight – however it is best to know where you want to go.  The Meatpacking District has some hot nightspots but takes cabs to and from as that neighborhood is a little dicey late at night.  TheUpper West Side is a walker’s paradise. 

The Metropolitan Museuam of Art  is worth the time if you get the chance, it has several ancient mummies (one of whom dated McCain in High School)  and its own massive Egyptian Temple.  I’d go in the morning and then walk down Fifth Avenue from there along the park, past  the Plaza, Tiffany’s (they don’t really serve breakfast) and St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Rockefeller Center.  At 42nd Street (where the Lions guard the front of the Main Library) turn left and head over to Grand Central Station which has a wonderful main room that is 11stories high.  In front of Grand central as you face West you’ll see the Chryler Building that you wanted to snap.  You can moon the United Nations Building at the same time. 

Sweater Weather in October, but the leaves should be changing colors.   If there are any particular places you want to know about just ask and I’ll give you my thoughts.  I am sure I’ve forgotten several hundred things.  New Yorkers actually enjoy tourists so feel free to strike up conversations and ask for directions.   Enjoy and welcome.   



By ATWadmin On September 20th, 2008 at 9:11 am

Had to laugh at the news that the multi-millionnaire JK Rowling has donated £1million to the Labour Party, ahead of their annual conference. The Harry Potter writer cited Labour’s work to combat child poverty as a reason behind her donation. Rowling herself struggled as a single mother while writing the first Harry Potter  book and believes the Conservative Party’s proposals would disadvantage many families.  She said: ‘I believe that poor and vulnerable families will fare much better under the Labour Party than they would  under a Cameron-led Conservative Party. I’d stick to writing children’s novels, JK. Backing a lost cause such as Labour may be an indulgence a champagne socialist like you can pursue but frankly, you would need access to the dark arts to save Labour!!!